Tortilla Flat closes Epping location

A message was posted on the front doors to Tortilla Flat in Epping to announce the closure Monday.

EPPING — Tortilla Flat Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has said “adios” to Epping.

The restaurant located in the Brickyard Square shopping center closed on Monday.

A notice posted on the front door announced the closure, but didn’t offer any details about why it was calling it quits.

“Thank you all for your love, patronage and friendship throughout all the years. It is with great sadness that we are closing the Epping Tortilla Flat location as of today…,” the message said.

The restaurant is the latest to close in the shopping center at the junction of routes 125 and 101.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria shut its doors in January after five years in the plaza.

The Community Oven, another wood-fired pizza restaurant, took over the 900 Degrees’ space several months later.

Like 900 Degrees, Tortilla Flat also lasted five years before it closed.

The Epping location opened in 2014 and was operated by Garrett Powell, whose family also runs Tortilla Flat restaurants in Merrimack and Portland, Maine. Those locations remain open.

Powell could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The closure saddened workers like Melissa Gates, who began working at the Epping restaurant in 2015 with the intention of making some extra money for vacation.

As she got to know the owners and their family, Gates said she decided to keep working there part time because she “liked their core values as a family” and because they created the restaurant as a family business.

“I feel bad for those who relied on working there as their main source of income. To leave on Monday and then find out the next day they were out of a job must be devastating,” she said.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019